After December’s episode of the Semantic Link, we asked for your thoughts on both the topics we should cover, and the ways in which you would like to interact with the podcast. You spoke, very clearly asking for an opportunity to pose questions for the team to answer during recordings. This is that opportunity.read more...
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This very cold day in Berlin finds me in the large glass emporium known as the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin, built on the campus of the Freie Universität Berlin. I am here with an expected 150 delegates, 50 plus speakers, and 6 exhibitors for the first Semantic Tech & Business Conference in Berlin. Hopefully I can over the next few paragraphs give you a feel for some of what I experienced on day one. Obviously with a twin track program I could only experience part of the day, but here we go anyway….read more...
The Central Reserve Bank of Peru held its key monetary policy reference rate unchanged at 4.25%. The Bank said: "Some current and advanced indicators of activity show a moderation of growth in the economy. For example, even though sales of electricity continued to grow in January, they showed a lower pace of growth than in December. Moreover, indicators of global economic activity have shown a better-than-expected evolution, but uncertainty in international financial markets persists and growth in 2012 is expected to be lower than in the previous year."
Peru's central bank also held the interest rate at 4.25% at its January meeting, while the bank last raised the monetary policy reference rate by 25 basis points to 4.25% in May last year. Peru reported annual inflation of 4.74% in December, up from 4.2% in October, up from 3.73% in September, 3.35% in August and July, and compared to 2.9% in June, 3.07% in May, 3.34% in April, and above the Bank's 1-3% inflation target.
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The Narodowy Bank Polski's Monetary Policy Council held its benchmark 7-day interest rate stable at 4.50%. The Bank said: "In the opinion of the Council, in the medium term inflation will be curbed by the gradually decelerating domestic demand. Decelerating demand growth will be driven by lower economic growth abroad, fiscal tightening in Poland and interest rate increases implemented in the first half of 2011."
The Bank also kept the following interest rates unchanged: the rediscount rate at 4.75%, the Lombard rate at 6.00%, and the deposit rate at 3.00%. The Bank last raised the interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.50% in June last year, and held the interest rate unchanged at its previous meeting.
Poland reported annual headline inflation of 4.6% in December, 3.9% in September, compared to 4.3% in August, 4.1% in July, with previous readings of 4.2% in June, 5% in May, 4.5% in April, 4.3% in March, and just higher than the Bank's official inflation target of 2.5% +/- 1%.
The IMF recently reduced its forecast for Poland's 2011 economic growth rate to 3.8% from 4% previously. The Polish Zloty (PLN) has weakened by about 9% against the US dollar over the past year; the USDPLN exchange rate last traded around 3.21.
Iceland's Sedlabanki kept its seven-day collateral lending rate steady at 4.75%. The Bank said: "it will be necessary to withdraw the current degree of monetary accommodation as the recovery progresses and the slack in the economy disappears. The degree to which such normalisation takes place through higher nominal Central Bank rates will depend on future inflation developments. In the absence of an improvement in the inflation outlook, an increase in nominal interest rates will probably be required in the near term in order to bring the monetary policy stance, which is still quite accommodative, to an appropriate level."
Iceland's central bank increased the rate 25 basis points at its November monetary policy meeting, after increasing the lending rate by 25 basis points to 4.50% in August. Iceland reported headline inflation of 6.5% in December, up from 5.3% in October, compared to 5.7% in September, 5% in July, 4.2% in June, 3.4% in May, and 2.3% in March; the Bank's inflation target is 2.5%. Iceland's currency, the krona (ISK), last traded around 122.2 against the US dollar.
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The National Bank of Serbia held its 2-week repo rate unchanged at 9.50%. The Bank said: "The key risks to inflation projection stem from the international environment due to the still unresolved crisis in the euro area, as well as from fiscal policy at home. Keeping the budget deficit within the framework earlier agreed with the IMF would serve as an additional safeguard of macroeconomic stability and leave more scope for future relaxation of monetary policy."
The Bank previously cut the interest rate by 25 basis points in January, 75 basis points in December and November, 50bps in October, and 50bps in September, after pausing in August, while previously the Bank reduced the 2-week repo rate by 25 basis points to 11.75% at its July meeting, and cutting the rate 50 basis points at its June meeting to 12.00%. Serbia reported inflation of 7% in December, down from 8.7% in October, 10.5% in August, 12.1% in July, 12.7% in June, 13.4% in May, 14.7% in April, and just above the bank's inflation target range of 3-6%.
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